This week, I’m dredging up some paintings that I wasn’t very happy with at the time I did them. Sometimes, I’ve found if I just set the piece aside for a month or so, and look back, I’m less critical of them. But there are always some that just don’t do it for me, even though I may like certain elements of the painting, making it worth keeping for reference.
I know everyone runs into this kind of problem, so I thought it might interest you to see the pieces I’m ambivalent about, and how I end up dealing with them.
This first is based off of a photograph I took during a plein air session at a Fransican Villa in Bridal Veil, Oregon.
We were studying the negative painting technique in class at the time, and I wanted to see if I could use it for these flowers. I like the background foliage, but I was hoping to catch that glow I get when using these warm color.
I think rather than working further on this one, I’ll start fresh and do a whole new painting.
I know I painted this on Strathmore Aquarius II and I believe the colors are Phthalo Blue, Indian Yellow and Transparent Pyrrole Orange, but I’m not positive about that. I may have been using Gamboge and a red rather than an orange.